Pros GREAT capacitive-screen (multi-touch capable) for the price. Solidly built. Newest version (as of late March, 2011) runs Android 2.2. Forward-facing camera, USB drive works with keyboards and memory sticks, HDMI out, Micro-SD card reader. Fast processor.
Cons Screen viewing angle isn't the greatest. Stock Operating System needs to be replaced with custom ROM.
Summary If you're not willing to take an hour or so and root it (as easy as downloading a "root app") and then install a custom ROM (as easy as downloading a .zip file, plugging in your device, copying the file over, then booting into recovery mode to update), then it actually STILL makes a good tablet. So why root? Some of us like native Google apps (like Gmail and Talk), which aren't available on Viewsonic's stock Android OS (Viewsonic's OS is kind of a custom Android). But there are several GREAT rom's out there (I'm using TNT lite 4.4 right now), and even iPad owners ooh and aah over it. Screen is responsive to touch, and the processor (1.6gHz) is pretty fast.
Don't be afraid of rooting, even if your a noob - if you mess up, flashing back to the original is easy using NVflash (google it).
End result - a great, powerful, moddable tablet with a good price. No 3g - but I rooted my android phone and use it to create a wifi tether, and I can go anywhere. Plus, I use dropbox to move files into the cloud. All in all - I highly recommend.
Pros Decent ereader
Cons Android 1.6 is useless on this kind of device. Wireless does NOT work reliably, had to install USB Wi-Fi card to even get on network to do anything. ZERO support from Viewsonic.
Summary The device feels rushed and poorly positioned to be any sort of 'contender' in this market space. Should have waited for Xoom, or new Asus.
Pros The hardware is quite sufficient.
Capacitive Touch (like Apple products)
1.6 GHz Proc
2 USB ports
Wifi & Bluetooth
Windows 7 Home Premium
Touch Sensitivity Settings
Customizable Hand Flick Options
Cons 16GB SSD leaves 2 to 3GB of free space
SDHC would have been cheaper & faster
HDMI (not mini HDMI) would have been sweet
Viewsonic ROMs do not allow you (so far) to load Win 7 Ultimate, Tiny 7 or any other OS configuration
2 USB ports means you can onl
Summary For the past week I've been able to download files, browse with Firefox 4, watch videos (AVIs, MKVs) off my flash drive, play music from my SD card, and stream shows from NBC & Hulu all without a hiccup or any lag. These are all things that cannot be done on the iPad2 or Xoom either at all or without going thru an app that may or may not work 100% of the time.
I honestly don't even go into the Android OS because I can do everything from Win 7, and a friend of mine who just bought an iPad2 ($700) before he got this Viewpad 10 ($460 Used) uses the Viewpad 10 more because it can do more with little to no hassle.